I am proud and privileged to announce that The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has received a top rating of 5 Cheeseburgers from the fabulous new kid-run reviews blog, The Maniac Society of Young Book Reviewers. Eleven-year-old Benny says Hero’s Guide is “a great book,” and that “it has a sense of things pre-teens would like.” Thanks, Benny!
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom got a starred review from Kirkus, which says that the book’s “fairy-tale world is tongue-in-cheek but fleshed out, creating its own humor rather than relying on pop-culture references.” They go on to add that, “in this debut, Healy juggles with pitch-perfect accuracy, rendering the princes as goobers with good hearts and individual strengths, keeping them distinct and believable.” According to Kirkus, Hero’s Guide is, “inventive and hilarious, with laugh-out-loud moments on every page.”
For the full text of the review, see the Reviews page here on my site.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom got some first-line love today from Publisher’s Weekly. Elizabeth Bluemle selected the opening two sentences of Hero’s Guide as one of this year’s “Great Beginnings” in her latest post on the Shelf Talker blog. Now I just have to hope she enjoyed things from the third sentence on. (*fingers crossed*)
Yes, The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom doesn’t come out until May 1st, but library folk looking for an early signed copy can find me at the HarperCollins booth at the Public Library Association Conference at 3:30 on March 14th. The conference will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The good folks at Walden Pond Press released a sneak peek photo today of the official Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom Activity Guide, which will be available to students and educators. The photo also serves as a nice little sneak peek at some of the wonderful artwork in the book (courtesy of illustrator Todd Harris). Perhaps someday there will be a Guide to the Hero’s Guide Activity Guide.
On May 1st, you will learn that there’s an awful lot you don’t know about Prince Charming.
Sure, we’re all aware of those guys who show up at the end of fairy tales to save the princesses, throw on a fancy suit, and get hitched in a lavish wedding. But have you ever wondered who those guys really are? Or if the few, meager facts we do hear about them are even true? (Hint: Generally not.)
In the first volume of the Hero’s Guide saga, we meet Prince Frederic, Prince Liam, Prince Gustav, and Prince Duncan — better known as the Princes Charming who rescued Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White, respectively — and find out that these men are far more (or less) than the cardboard cutout heroes we’ve heard tales about. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their kingdoms, these four men bond over their shared anonymity and band together to battle witches, goblins, trolls, bandits, and giants in order to save each of their kingdoms from a diabolical plot. And by the end, with any luck, they may finally become the real heroes they were always meant to be.
The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom will be published on May 1st, 2012 by Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins.